Northwestern’s National Honor Society inducted 51 new members in a formal ceremony that brought students and their families to the newly refurbished high school auditorium on a crisp November evening.
Each of the officers spoke about the four important pillars of the organization — character, scholarship, leadership and service — setting the tone for the evening.
Character was represented by a green candle.
Northwestern Middle School joined the rest of the country in commemorating Veterans Day by hearing stories told by four veterans who make this district their home, and a young recruit who attends the high school.
Bill Tritt and Alfred Stirba IV joined school board President Willard Dellicker and two members of his family — son Kevin and grandson Will — speaking with the youngsters and their teachers.
Willard Dellicker told the students he documented many of his military experiences in a book titled, “Tailhooker.”
As chilly November days give way to festive December ones, Northwestern Lehigh High School joins in celebrating the holiday season with a play called, “The Last Christmas Carol,” which premieres Nov. 29 and runs through Dec. 1.
If the title seems familiar, it is certainly deliberate.
“This is a play about an uninspired director of children’s theater doing an umpteenth production of ‘A Christmas Carol,’ losing vision, patience and creativity in the process,” Director Bill Mutimer explained.
The play offers many parallels to the Charles Dickens’ classic.
The spirit of Christmas past will come alive during the Lynn Heidelberg Historical Society free open house set for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 1.
Everyone is invited to wander through the rooms of the Old New Tripoli Bank building to share some holiday cheer and view treasures housed in the historic building will interest children and adults alike.
Children and adults can get up close to examine artifacts dating back from another era.
There was cause for celebration Nov. 8 when community members gathered for the Northwestern Lehigh High School dedication, signaling the end of the last phase of renovations which began a year and half ago.
Visitors entered the building through a spacious and airy lobby and were invited to wander the halls and visit teachers during the open house.
The high point of the evening was the ribbon-cutting ceremony that officially ushered in a new era for the high school.
“When was the last time you just closed your eyes, took a deep breath, and gave thanks for the richness of the food we are blessed with?” Jan Pavelco asked.
The question captures the spirit of her recently released book, “The Inspired Apron: A Recipe for Life.”
Among the brilliant colors of orange, red and gold emerges a figure clothed in black with a pet bird perched ominously, perhaps muttering the single word, “Nevermore.”
That’s music to the ear of Northwestern Lehigh High School English teacher Linda Paist, the woman behind the costume.
Not one to miss a teachable moment, Paist will be guiding her 11th grade students through Edgar Allan Poe’s famous short stories such as “The Black Cat” and “Tell-Tale Heart” at this most appropriate time of year.
Homecoming Queen Jaymi Smith and King Will Dellicker joined in the annual celebration that gathers friends from all quarters and beckons alumni to return to their alma mater.
“I wasn’t expecting it. I was pretty surprised,” Dellicker said. “I’ll remember all the friends I’ve made, years from now. Northwestern has a lot of amazing people.”
Now that the 2018 homecoming court has been chosen, all systems are go for one of the most anticipated events on the high school calendar.
Baylie Alley, Kirstin Dorney, Shante Duminie, Natalie Masetti, Madilyn Riegel, Jaymi Smith, Lilyana Wagner and Alyssa Zack were selected from the girls in the senior class.
Hayden Bobbyn, Daniel Burke, Zachary Creighton, Willard Dellicker, Ryan Haas, Nolan Hernandez, Tyler Lobach and Samuel Seyfried were selected from the boys for a coveted spot on the homecoming court.
After being away from their school for the first few weeks of the new scholastic year, Northwestern Lehigh Middle School students and staff returned Sept. 17 to their own building.
When mold was detected in a few classrooms on the lower level of the building, middle schoolers were routed to Weisenberg Elementary School and the high school until air quality reports indicated it was safe for occupancy.